Is there any damage to the marine environment?
The marine area needs to be protected. Guests are given instruction not to remove or touch any marine grasses, rocks etc. We access the area by boat and therefore do not cause any damage to the seafloor.
Our vessel undergoes an annual survey and we have a strict preventative maintenance schedule that ensures that there is no risk of oil leaks, spills etc. Guests are instructed to swim with the Sea Lions and only interact if the Sea Lions approach them.
What is Adventure Bay Charters commitment toward ecological sustainability?
We aim to undertake continual improvements toward ecological sustainability through the adoption of best practice techniques. We do this by taking feedback from customer’s staff as well as general observations and incorporating these into our policies and procedures. We have a strong relationship with Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and ensure that we abide by all current guidelines. We also ensure that at all times we adhere to National Parks and Wildlife Regulations, Marine Parks Regulations and license conditions under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Adventure Bay Charters has an environmental management system written specifically for each of its tours. All environmental aspects and impacts are taken into account and this management plan is revised on an annual basis.
Adventure Bay Charters is licensed and operates under the Great White Shark Cage Diving Code of Conduct to promote shark cage diving in South Australia in a professional and responsible manner.
How close can I get to the Australian sea lion on tour?
Adventure Bay Charters values the natural environment, where we swim with the Sea Lions is classed as a Natural Reserve and therefore we do not allow guests to access the Australian Sea Lion’s breeding area or hall out beach.
However, you will find that as soon as we anchor at ‘Seal Cove’ the Sea Lions will bound out to greet you and spend the whole hour and a half swimming and entertaining you!
The Sea Lions are wild animals, we do not in any way condone touching these playful creatures but they often come within centimetres of you to say hello.
Does Adventure Bay Charters have a code of conduct for interaction with these marine mammals?
Adventure Bay Charters has a code of conduct that has been designed for your safety as well as for the safety and protection of these magnificent creatures and their environment. It is agreed by the major operators in South Australia that there are practices with in this code that are important to all activities relating to swimming with Sea Lions. There are also site specific codes relating to Hopkins Island, Blyth Island and Adventure Bay Charters.
Adventure Bay Charters does not visit a specific site more than 3 times a week to minimise the time that people interact with these wild animals. We do not want to alter their behaviour in anyway.
Will I learn about the Australian Sea Lions?
The tour is interactive and informative and trained guides will give you detailed information about the Australian Sea Lions as well as the other local flora and fauna. Staff are regularly trained to ensure that the information content on tour is true and correct.
Is interaction guaranteed?
Interaction on our sea lion tour is guaranteed.
Want more information about the Neptune Island Conservation Park?
Visit the Department of Environment and Natural Resources where you’ll find several fact sheets.
What are the benefits of acoustic attraction?
Two of the main concerns that scientists have regarding the Great White Shark Cage Diving industry is the use of baits to distract sharks from normal feeding activities and the damage caused to sharks by attacking the shark cage and boat.
We see very different behaviour from sharks attracted by acoustics compared to attraction by berley. By playing music through underwater speakers we encourage curious sharks to venture around the boat to investigate the source of the sound. When sharks are not lured by food they are not as aggressive and do not attack the shark cage or vessel, therefore not causing harm to the very (impressive!) creature that we have come to see!
Adventure Bay Charters’ pioneered the use of acoustic attraction for great white shark cage diving in Australia.
Where is Port Lincoln located?
Port Lincoln is located 640km from Adelaide, South Australia. Either a short 45-minute plane flight, or a 7 – 7.5 hour drive.
The shark cage diving is carried out at North Neptune Islands, which is approximately 2 ½ hours boat ride from Port Lincoln.
Do you have to have diving qualifications to do the tour?
Scuba Diver certification is not required! All dives are surface dives using “hookah” (surface air supply) meaning no cumbersome air tanks! You will only be 2-4 feet below the surface at all times and free to surface at any time. We will provide you with training on the day!